Department of Theatre

Renee Garcia

Renee Garcia

Assistant Professor of Costume Design

M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology, University Missouri-Kansas City
B.F.A. in Theatre, Florida State University

Renee Garcia's costume designs for As You Like It were selected for the USITT-USA National Exhibit in the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. The PQ is the world's largest performance design exhibit in the world, often compared to the Olympics or World's Fair for designers. She has produced costumes for well-known plays, like Lend Me a Tenor, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sister Act, and Cabaret. Garcia has designed the costumes for more than 30 play and film productions. Before her established career in costume design, Renee was the makeup designer for PORTopera's The Daughter of the Regiment and the production designer on the independent film Burning Man. She not only uses her skills for professional theatre, but also in academia.

She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010. After pursuing her Master’s, Garcia was the visiting assistant professor in costume design at the Ohio University and the lecturer in costume design at the University of Southern Maine. She is now continuing her teaching career at Oklahoma State University as a visiting assistant professor in costume design. For more information about this outstanding professor, visit her website

Garcia’s awards include the USITT Fellows Early Career Member Mentoring Assistance Award in 2015, the USITT Ezekiel Board Choice Winner and the USITT Ezekiel Award of Outstanding Achievement for As You Like It. Recent credits of Renee's costume design can be found in: Sister Act for Charleston Stage Theatre Company, Cabaret for Lake Dillon Theatre; Noises Off and As You Like It for Ohio University’s Division of Theater;  An Appalachian Christmas Carol for Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble; Of Farms and Fables with Open Waters Theater; The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo & Juliet at the Riverside Theater Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City; Green Whales at the Unicorn Theater and In Spite of Thunder: The Macbeth Project at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City.

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